you don't have to point out that you didn't even LOOK at the article

sixlunamoths  asked:

My friend and I went to a zoo (that I don't wish to disclose) that we didn't know was not AZA accredited until after we went. The animals seemed generally okay, and there weren't any outward signs of problems, but there weren't many info plaques and they seemed to have a LOT of cheetahs, and there were those coin operated pellet feeders, which made us suspicious. When we got home we looked up stuff about it and we found some articles about sketchy incidents that occurred there. (1/2)

It was the first time I’d ever been to a non-AZA-accredated facility and I feel incredibly guilty over paying entrance fee and supporting them because enough of the stuff I eventually found about them made me not want to. The website for the zoo was professional and sleek, and so was the actual zoo’s outward appearance. The animals did not display behaviours that worried me, but now I know to look for the AZA seal, I’m still worried I’ll be fooled again. How can I make sure I’m not? 

Well, that depends on why you feel fooled. Is it because they’re not AZA, or because you feel like their public front was covering up something bad, or because you just didn’t know what you paid to support?

Here’s the thing. AZA accredits the ‘best’ facilities, in the sense that they’re accrediting the more monetarily stable urban zoos who can afford to sink a ton of money into all the myriad requirements you need to get that accreditation. Yes, with that you get a pretty decent guarantee that a facility is following all the best practices and guidelines for animal care and welfare and education and conservation involvement (except, y’know, everywhere can have issues and I know of places that do). However, as much as AZA would like you believe that there are only two categories - “AZA” and “burning dumpster fires” - that straight up is not the reality of the field at this point. A facility not being AZA tells you some things about it, but it doesn’t tell you everything; they could not have the money to partake in conservation efforts to the level that AZA requires, they could be in the middle of the multi-year process of improving with the goal of being accreditation, or they could even have been previously accredited and chosen to split from the organization over politics or policy differences. I know examples of all of these in real life. So what becomes more important is really what other accreditations they might have and why they’d choose what they did… and as a member of the public, honestly, that’s really hard to parse and you’re not likely to be able to find access to that information. 

So. What to do from there? If you want to go, go. Google it first next time - but even with that, you have to figure out what lens anything you find has been filtered through. Look at how old events are, look for patterns of events, try to find alternate sources with a different spin and see how things are presented before deciding to believe anything. See if it looks like anything you don’t like is recent, see if older things appear to have changed, that sort of thing. It’s important to remember that the zoo field has grown massively in the past couple of decades and that ethos of animal management is still evolving so things that were issues in the past are not guaranteed to be practices still in place today. 

If you decide to go to a zoo you’re not sure about, do exactly what you did. Look around critically and ask questions about what you see. Talk to the staff and see how you feel about their responses. Ask them about accreditation status and why they made the choices they do.  You can’t learn everything online so, honestly, I think visiting in person is the best way to decide if you want to support a facility in the future. 

I don’t know if you got duped, without knowing the facility. If you saw a nicely upkept public side, animals that didn’t appear to be displaying behavioral problems, and the only things that were uncomfortable were history? Probably a pretty good chance you ended up at a decent facility. 

(Cheetahs are one of the big endangered species conservation projects that is managed outside of AZA control, and their population is booming in captive settings recently, so I’m not surprised you saw a bunch). 

anonymous asked:

first. i'm a lesbian. so a friend of mine (not lesbian) has been sending me all these articles about lesbians who have killed their partners. i think his point is we are supposed to be super violent? i didn't think we were but there are so many examples i don't even want to date anymore. are we really like this? does this really happen a lot or does it just seem like a lot?

His point is that he’s a homophobe. That’s really it. I can find examples of every kind of violence under the sun. If I sent you a list of female murderers, would that mean that women are more likely to be murderers than men? No, of course not, because the plural of anecdote is not date, and stories aren’t statistics. The amount of women killed by their husbands and boyfriends each year is so large that it’s usually not even reported on. I knew a woman who was killed by her boyfriend. I know several women who have had male partners put them in the hospital. But I also know that those experiences are backed by statistics that men are more likely to be violent murderers. 

If his reaction to you being a lesbian is to bombard you with cherry-picked stories of lesbians being violent, he already had the idea that lesbians are somehow gross and violent and went looking for “evidence”. The fact that he is sending it to you means he either wants you to “change” your sexuality (is he attracted to you?) or he thinks that you are an acceptable target for his homophobia and that he is okay sending you this stuff.

No, lesbians are not somehow statistically more likely to be abusers or murderers. That is such an over the top ridiculous claim and it hurts me to know that this strategy of his has somehow tricked you into entertaining it. Are there lesbians who might be abusive? Well, yes, because we are people with faults like any other. But the idea that lesbians are somehow MORE abusive is utterly laughable and breathtakingly wrong. I mean, I could find you lots of articles on shark attacks, but that certainly doesn’t mean the average person in the ocean will be attacked by a shark on a day at the beach (statistically, a woman dating a man is more like… jumping in the middle of a bunch of sharks).

The best thing you can do for yourself is cut this person out of your life. If you don’t want to do that, ask him to stop sending you these things or respond to him with the multitude of stories of men killing their female partners. This man is a truly toxic presence in your life and you should think hard about what his motives are here.

Women aren’t more violent than men. And lesbians aren’t more violent than men or straight women. This man is so, so wrong. 

your name is forever written in ink [Annabeth-2]

So here’s Part 2 of Annabeth’s POV bc I’m addicted to this AU okay. You can read the rest over here in this tag 

  • She’s nineteen, and she’s going to New York for college. It’s scary in itself because all Annabeth has ever known is California, but something about New York just feels right.
  • So she plans everything down to the T, says a not really sad goodbye to her dad and stepmother, cries when she has to say goodbye to Piper, and gets on the plane anyway.
  • She’s been in school for a few weeks, and everything is great. There’s something about New York that just makes her happy about being here, even though she does stress about school a lot.
  • She meets some new people, a girl named Hazel that’s in one of her English classes and a boy named Leo that’s in a mechanics class that she’s taking as an elective.
  • He’s a bit annoying, but he’s really smart (and entertaining) so they usually pair up for their projects.
  • They stay late one afternoon to finish up a project and Leo’s taking his gloves off when she sees his Name on his wrist.
  • She drops the wrench she had been holding, which startles Leo.
  • “You okay, Annabeth?”
  • “What—what does your Name say?”
  • “Piper McLean,” Leo says with a sigh. “Why?”

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Replace VI Novel Ch 2 “THE NEXT GENERATION” English Translation Part 3

OMG I was able to get another part out so soon! IT’S A MIRACLE!  This part wasn’t too long and I was free today so I got this one done fairly quickly.

This part features Hyuuga and Izuki and what happened right after winning the Winter Cup until now, and the former first years becoming senpais!

Next update: Teiko in Hawaii Parts 3-4 (they’re both short so I’m combining them)EDIT: changed my mind. Where Aomine loses Kuroko in Hawaii. Like we didn’t see this coming

So let’s move onto all of the Senpai love!

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transitoryenchantedmoment  asked:

I was just wondering, why did you think Imitation Game was a terrible movie? I really enjoyed it - I know it had the "awkward genius who has horrible social skills" aspect that some people don't like, but I didn't really see anything wrong with the movie in general. I've only seen it once so maybe I missed something, but I found it likable when I saw it.

Well, the thing about The Imitation Game is that it is a movie about a very complicated subject that is trying to be a very uncomplicated movie, and it doesn’t work. Aesthetically, it is an extremely by-the-numbers biopic. Every single beat is predictable if you have seen movies like that before: you know they’re going to break the code, you know how his relationship with Keira Knightley is going to turn out, you know everything. It is so by-the-numbers it basically could have come out of a (hah, hah) machine. Now, if you like that sort of thing that might, in and of itself, make for a satisfying viewing experience. I don’t, and I didn’t find it especially engaging but I certainly found it watchable, and actually less frustrating in that specific way than parts of The Theory of Everything. If that were my only problem with the movie – if it were about A Random Codebreaker in WWII – then I wouldn’t care about the film except to be annoyed at its Oscar success. (But it wouldn’t be having that success if it were about A Random Codebreaker, SO.)

By picking that structure – the standard biopic format where people band together behind an annoying genius and therefore he eventually finds social acceptance and then defeats his “enemy” (in this case, Enigma) – the movie completely fails its subject, whose life was vastly more complicated than the movie suggests and ultimately much more tragic. Alan Turing did achieve a lot of really impressive things in his life, but his feet were essentially cut out from under him by his own country before he could continue making progress in his field, and the very service that the film glorifies was apparently not enough to make anybody care – in fact it was suppressed for a long time. The movie tries to make a point of this but doesn’t really manage it, because the only acknowledgment of the later part of Turing’s life comes in these kind of hasty flash-forwards to his arrest later in life. (These scenes are also, I just have to say, awful on the level of quality.) The argument that the marketing is making is that the film itself is reclaiming his legacy, but in order to do that effectively, it needed to truly acknowledge the full weight of what was done to him and what his life really meant. By focusing so exclusively on his war years it looks only at his triumphant period without really having to deal with the aftermath, particularly since the one scene showing him on hormone treatments basically just shows Benedict Cumberbatch looking tired.

And then there’s the more direct handling of his personality and homosexuality in the film on a character level. I encourage everyone to read this article in the NYRB about Turing and the ways in which the film misreprsents him (i.e. all of them). I am not an expert on this subject but by all accounts he was a very personable if odd guy, not the antagonistic man in the film, who is also a pretty terrible stereotype of an autistic person (what is a joke????? what is social interaction????? how do people??????). By suggesting that he can only really “connect” with his machines (he even names the Enigma machine after his childhood crush, which is just – I can’t even talk about it, it’s SO BAD), a theme that recurs quite horrifically at the very end of the film, the film devalues his interpersonal relationships with everyone else in his life, and also then implies that people with that level of “genius” are in a way crippled by their intellect. This is not true generally and none of this was true of Turing. (Quick aside since this doesn’t really fit elsewhere but is important: the movie also suggests that Turing lied about whether there was a Soviet spy in his group at Bletchley to keep his homosexuality a secret, which is a fabrication. This would have been treason. Nobody is happy about this suggestion.)

Finally, his relationship with Keira Knightley in the film really seals the deal on its discomfort with his sexual orientation. She plays Joan Clarke, a brilliant codebreaker who did exist and work at Bletchley Park. She is the one person who really manages to break through his walls, and they actually wind up getting engaged, until he breaks it off – for her own good, of course, even when she tells him she doesn’t mind that he’s gay, because they have a connection on another level. She is also the character who comes to see him at the very end of the film when he has been put on hormone treatments and reassures him that really he has made a difference in the world, so it was all worth it in the end. Per the film, this is by far the most significant relationship in his life. Now, it would be preposterous to suggest that gay men can’t have meaningful relationships with women, or that all gay men privilege romantic relationships above all else. However, Turing and Clarke had no such relationship. This is a convenient fiction to avoid having to depict Turing actually being gay, and instead effectively creating a narrative structure of heterosexuality that is imposed over the film’s supposed depiction of a tragic gay historical figure.

This is, in fact, a good way to look at the film as a whole: its narrative structure is extremely straight. Nothing about the film surprises because the structure is established. It is rigid. There has been a lot of writing over the years about queering narratives and about women (straight or otherwise) finding new ways to tell stories. Virginia Woolf even wrote about finding a new female sentence. This is a crucial idea and one that was really explored in the New Queer Cinema in the nineties. Now, there are ways to tell gay stories using traditional narrative structures – for instance, I think Milk is the best traditional biopic I’ve ever seen, but the creative team really knew what they were doing, and shaped the form to their own ends. (Gus Van Sant, incidentally, was a key figure in New Queer Cinema – it helps to have broken down established rules if you then want to play by them, because you understand what they are really doing.) But there can also be a sense of suffocation when those traditional structures oppress narratives that need to be told in ways that transgress the norm. Alan Turing’s story needed to be told in a way that broke convention. It needed to be told in a way that was not (narratively) straight. And it wasn’t. It was made in a way that would make straight people feel comfortable. Which did him a great disservice.

anonymous asked:

Would their team be able to force larry to interact if they weren't friends/didn't get along though? I mean when you don't like somebody the last thing you want to do is interact with them, even if it's good for business, and Louis doesn't let anybody tell him what to do unless he gets something out of it

do you not remember the fact that ed sheeran said that zayn had quit dozens of times? do you not remember how they all lied to our face about zayn being 100% in the band? do you honestly think that they would have just been fine and rainbows and daisies when zayn decided to leave? don’t you think there would have been arguments and in-fighting? don’t you think that they actually probably have little spats quite often, just like any friends do? do WE see any of that? no. they could have been in a screaming match two minutes before going on stage and then they go out there smiling and laughing like things are fine. when things are wrong, we don’t see them. i don’t know how you can observe the absolute zero warning from the boys regarding zayn’s departure and the zero evidence of them being upset at zayn during any of that time period and think that’s totally organic. of course they’d be upset. you’re upset whenever you lose a member of your team and liam even said they were upset but we had no idea. when there are problems, we don’t see. and your thought completely disregards the fact that it wasn’t organic. it wasn’t like louis and harry just stopped talking at random. there were articles discussing it. that’s so so bad for business. even if they did hate each other, you shut those articles down.

i also don’t know how you can think not even LOOKING at someone is organic. even if you hate someone, you’re going to be interacting with them quite often. i don’t know how you can think that they went from the best of friends to hating each other at the time that they did without seeing the larger forces at play. they wouldn’t even need to interact in person. they could tweet one another, instagram, etc. it’s called fan service for a reason.

as to your last point, i can’t tell if you’re joking or not. there is a gross imbalance of power out of their favor at this point in time. while they can negotiate, you can’t honestly tell me you believe that they just get to decide everything and they’re the ones calling the shots. if they had a voice, it wouldn’t have taken them five years to actually have a second to BREATHE. this also didn’t happen in 2015. this started way back before they had even a fraction of the power they have now.

i’m not even touching on the fact that we know they spend time together, even recently. we know they write songs with one another. and from the interactions we do have, it’s pretty clear they’re not the mortal enemies they’re made out to be.

but if you want to live in fairytale land where what we see is exactly what happens and ignore the fact that the boys have been extremely manipulated and taken advantage of, you go right ahead.

nugubodabitna  asked:

Hello!! I lurvee your blog, it's just so interesting. So...I have a question and while the answer is pretty obvious to me, I'm going to ask you for some tips anyway. I'm currently doing my N3 but I didn't get through my JLPT N4 because my foundation is still pretty weak. I'm going to give the N4 exam another try while still trying to keep up with N3 and I'm at a loss. I don't know how to build my basics at this point. It's fine when I learn at my own pace but I don't have that kind of time. Help

aaah this sat in my drafts for a long long time because I don’t know how to give study tips for tests I’m sorry DX have this wall of text:

One thing I can recommend is adding in extra reading or listening practice, even if you don’t have time to do a lot. When I was studying for the JLPT, I often found myself worrying over obscure things that I had only ever seen in my flashcards; it’s nice to have some real sentences to put the stuff you’re learning in context (and help you figure out which words/grammar points are most common/important so you can focus on the basics)

When you practice (whether it’s on an actual practice test or a passage you found somewhere else), don’t underestimate the value of guessing. Take some time before you start looking up words and stuff, and make yourself guess what the sentence/passage/question is about. See if you can sort of guess what new words might mean, and see if you can still understand the gist of a sentence even without knowing some grammar thing. Then go back and look things up and work out the right answers. Think about why your guesses were wrong (word you didn’t know? New kanji? Weird grammar?) and look for ways you could have guessed right (context for the new word, the new kanji had a radical you knew, the grammar thing builds on something familiar, etc.) Memorizing new words and grammar is really helpful, but there will ALWAYS be something you don’t recognize (both on the test and in real life!) so if you can learn to guess well you’ll make things less stressful for yourself.

N4/N3 is around the time you move from being a high-level beginner to a solid intermediate learner, so as you study you’ll probably notice your resources shifting from nice, organized grammar lists where everything has a huge impact on how much you understand to…being sort of on your own and learning a bunch of more minor grammar points as you come across them. Which is scary! But it also means that you’re gearing up to understand real Japanese without as much help. Which is awesome.

Here are some resources that might help:

JLPT Boot Camp- lessons and resources geared specifically to the JLPT, including practice tests, grammar explanations, study tips, etc. Sample test questions from the JLPT website. Good for getting a feel for where you are (and for learning how to guess). If you’ve already found those, you can also Google “jlpt practice test N4″ and have a bunch come up. Practice tests are nice to practice on.

News Web Easy- An NHK site that gives short versions of news stories in relatively simple Japanese for kids and foreigners, with the option of hearing a slow voice read the article to you. For when you start feeling like you need to learn a lot of kanji all at once. Teaches you a lot about how kanji are put together, so brand-new kanji will make sense to you more quickly (some nsfw mnemonics, though; it’s a sassy sort of site)

Memrise is a flashcard site that lets you use other people’s flashcards, make your own, or add on to what other people have made to personalize your cards. It organizes your flashcards so that you spend the most time on the words you have the most trouble with. There are a lot of people who have added vocab and kanji by JLPT level. Grammar points with explanations. Provides a pretty solid foundation for basic Japanese grammar. Podcasts etc. with written lesson notes. Also has forums where you can discuss specific questions with people and get tips.

anonymous asked:

Sorry I didn't mean that ask to be offensive or anything, I literally don't know much at all about any of the actors private lives beyond the odd thing I've learnt from a gifset on tumblr or a tweet, I've never actively searched information (I'm lazy lol). So I didn't actually know she was a "dr" (as in medical or PhD?) I was just making a nice comment based on her looks because that's literally all I know about her, not to purposely disregard her intelligence (or other attributes) in any way :)

I don’t know which of the comments you left, but I’m not offended by any of them. She is pretty, she is tall, and she is too curvy to meet Hollywood standards of what attractive women should look like. Why would I be offended by you pointing out facts? 

Quick primer on Vicki Vantoch: She has a PhD, and I’m not very knowledgeable about the field, but she seems to have had a very successful career; her undergraduate degree was from UChicago (like Misha), and her PhD was from USC, and those are both very prestigious universities; she’s written two books and numerous articles, she’s open about being bisexual and polyamorous, and she writes mostly about the history of gender and sexuality. Her writing is hilarious and very blunt, but in person she’s pretty shy; I’ve never seen her do any red carpet events with Misha and though she sometimes goes to conventions with him, he’s never pulled her out on stage (though he has invited other friends and family up there). 

I’ve been doing this for a while, and I get comments like that a lot about her. Occasionally, someone will say something actually offensive about her (such as in this really old thread from fanpop), but for the most part, I think people like it when an actor is married to a non-actor. I guess it’s intriguing! And if you just see a picture of her, of course your impressions are going to be formed entirely by her looks!

But imagine it from the other point of view. For years, in fact, Vicki’s career was pretty successful while Misha was struggling with his - and that’s not so weird, acting is tough to break in to. But for Vicki’s coworkers who didn’t know that they met in high school before Misha even knew that he wanted to be an actor, that might seem kind of strange to them. Maybe they would judge Misha by his looks as well. Maybe they would jump to the conclusion that he was unintelligent, just an empty-headed actor guy who was always working out. Maybe they thought he was just a stupid, annoying dude and they couldn’t figure out what Vicki saw in him. 

In an alternate universe where academics are considered more important than actors, maybe there’s a message board where one fan is saying, “How could she marry that guy? He doesn’t even have an advanced degree!” And another one says, “Have you seen his twitter? He can’t even spell!” And somebody else is defending him, saying, “Yes, he’s just an actor, and yes, he only has a BA, but if you talked to him, you’d find out that he’s actually pretty smart! Besides, she likes him, they’re happy, so what’s the problem? If we’re really Vicki’s fans, we should be supporting her choices!" 

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  • Harry: As soon as you walked into the house and made eye contact with Harry you felt a tension in the air. You took your heals off and walked over to Harry who was on his phone reading through Twitter not obtaining anything he was reading. His eyes continued to scan the screen ignoring your presence until he threw his phone onto your lap. "do you think I am dumb?" He asked after your eyes skimmed over the headline which read '[Y/N] spotted with a hot boy who isn't Harry Styles.' You shake your head at the nonsense displayed on the screen. "You honestly have to be kidding me Harry. Are you believing is garbage?" You asked locking his phone and putting it on the side table. "I see no reason not to since you aren't denying it." He says crossing his arms. "Babe, this is the same website that started the rumor that Zayn was actually a transgender." You laughed and he didn't seem to amused by your poking fun at the website. "babe, I would never cheat on you." You sighed standing up trying to show your assertiveness to the boy who towered over you. "Pictures don't lie [Y/N]." He stated anger beaming through his green eyes. "your right those photos aren't lying because I'm hugging my fucking cousin you complete dumb ass! Remember he came to visit like 3 months ago and he literally stayed in the house." You said raising your voice at the end of each sentence. His face dropped in embarrassment, he should have realized the all too familiar face of your cousin in the picture. "Damnit baby, I'm sorry." He almost whispered to you, defeat in his voice as he uncrossed his arms. "Yeah, you should be." You said crossing your arms. "If anyone, I thought you would know not to trust everything you see on the media." He wrapped his arms around you in attempt to hug you. "I know that was just so dumb. I'm so sorry." He mumbled into your neck. "It's okay. Just ask me first and let me explain, okay?" You said uncrossing your arms. "deal." He snickered.
  • Niall: He was fine all morning, the night before replaying in his mind as he got dressed to go to band practice as you slept in the bed, which he wished he could still be in. When you woke up alone you couldn't stop thinking of last night and sent a few cheeky texts to Niall. He didn't answer but he did open them so you just assumed he was too busy to reply. You clean up around the house for a while the stared to cook dinner as Niall came home. He marched his way to your shared bedroom as soon as he saw you. You brushed it off but once the meal was done and you didn't hear a noise from upstairs you decided you should go check on Niall. As you walked into your room you saw your blond boyfriend spread eagle on the bed with his head buried into the pillow, face down. "Baby, dinner is ready." You whispered, he answered with a hiccuped breath. "Babe is everything okay?" He didn't answer. "Ni, baby turn around and talk to me." He turned his head and you were greeted with blood shot eyes and tear stained cheeks. "Whats the point of me even being in the band." You cocked your eyebrow at him. "There's a rumor that I left the band and some fans are like happy about it." He sobbed "I'm not good enough am I?" He asked as he chocked out another sob. "Nialler, you shouldn't let the fans get to you like this. You shouldn't read the negative stuff, you and I both know you deserve to be where you are more than anyone else. So don't let a few fans with the clear unpopular opinion ruin your day." I said as I slid my hand up his shirt to scratch his back lightly. "It just hurts, yanno." You continued your scratching as he continued to rant. "You probably think this big man who dominated last night is so sensitive and weak." He said after his rant fully rolling over. "oh no baby, your sensitive side turns me on so much." You said causing him to chuckle. "There's that smile I love to see." You said kissing his cheek and running your finger along his stomach. "Now come eat, and forget about what those dumb girls say." You said kissing his temple. "God I love you." He mumbled as you walked away.
  • Zayn: You were fuming as you sat there waiting for your best friend to arrive back at your shared flat. The hook up in your car made you want to break everything that he owned in this house. You stared at the paused tv screen which showed Zayn laying with a girl in the white Mercedes Benz that your father gave you and you still owned. You were not really mad that he took your car without your permission it was more about the fact that he slept with some random girl in the car. You looked at the picture of you and Zayn standing with Mickey and Goofy at Disney World which you flipped faced down. Even looking at his photographed face made you want to knock yourself out with a rock. Another hour rolled by before you heard a few masculine laughs that wasn't his and then heard him tell his company he will meet them upstairs. He strolled into the main room and looked at the screen which is almost impossible to ignore. "Whatcha doing [Y/N]?" Zayn giggled at the screen. "You think this is funny?" You asked, anger evident in your voice. "you think stealing my car and sleeping with a random girl is funny?" You were now standing, meeting eye to eye with Zayn. "You don't re-" you didn't give him time to finish his sentence. "That's my car Zayn and just because you are some famous person now doesn't mean you get to dick around with whatever you like!" You yelled. "[Y/N] calm down." He said putting his hands up in defense. "how dare you tell me to calm down!" You were so angry, your eyes were budging out of your head. Zayn took the yelling for a few more minutes until he finally interrupted you. "that's you!" He yelled, causing you to stop. "what?" You asked clearly confused. "that was after Niall's party, you got shit faced so I brought you to the car and laid with you. See, you can see your pink dress with the black bottom." He pointing to the dress that was clearly yours. You covering your mouth, hating yourself for everything you just said to him. "I love you [Y/N], you're my best friend. I would never do anything like that... Especially in your car." He said smirking at you. "I love you too Zayn, and I'm sorry I just lost my head." You signed wrapping your arms around his waist as he immediately swallowed you in a hug. "It okay, you were jealous." He giggled. "I was not jealous!" You said hitting his chest. "it's okay, I get jealous sometimes too." He said letting you go and retreating to his friends.
  • Liam: He was wrapped up in your arms sobbing, all the articles about his break up and the whole scandal tore him to pieces. His most recent girlfriend admitted to cheating on him more than once the night before their 2 year anniversary, this day was more than 3 months ago. The media just caught up with the news and having the whole incident thrown back in his face made his heart hurt more than anything. He thought he found the girl of his dreams, he was ready to spend the rest of his life with her, but she evidently had different plans. Soon enough he calmed himself down and tried to rid his eyes of tears. "It kills me, just thinking about it." He sighed keeping his head in the crook of your neck as you two continued to lay down. "Thank you for always being there." He said kissing you neck lightly and looking up to you. "Anytime Liam." You smiled as you traced the tattoo on the forearm that lays across your body. You loved Liam, always has and always will. You two grew up as neighbors and vowed to stay friends right before his first audition for the X-Factor. "[Y/N], do you think I will ever meet the right girl?" He questioned causing you to chuckle. "There are so many girls out there, and one day you will find the perfect girl and live in a little suburban area with your million dollar record label and pet chihuahua." You joked causing him to spit out a laugh. "And if all else fails we live together and grow happily old together with Mr. Whiskers and a tall glass of whiskey." The tears were completely gone and substituted with his infectious laugh. "Part of me wishes she never told me yanno, I mean sure I've read the articles over the past few months but I never thought they would be true." He said crossing his arms. "She really got me." The room fell silent as we watched the ceiling fan spin. "Liam, you deserve the world, and don't you ever forget that." You whispered. "I promise I won't." He smiled his eyes shifted close.
  • Louis: Louis was currently sitting across from you with his arms crossed. The stare down between you two was so intense that you could feel it in your bones. "This is a waste of my time." You said standing up and going to walk away. "isn't everything?" He questioned. "what's that supposed to mean?" You snarled biting your lip. "According to everyone I'm a waste of your time." He said pulling the box of death sticks out of his pocket. "and apparently these are more worth it." You gasped at the box of cigarettes that now sit in front of you on the table. "You and I both know those aren't mine." You use to smoke, a lot more than your average teenager should, but you went cold turkey last year on your 20th birthday. In no way was that your decision but Louis wanted you to, so you did. "This box may not be yours, but this is exact type of cigarettes which were in your hand when these pictures were taken." He slid his phone across the table. You scoffed at the picture and read through the article that claimed that you've been smoking since you were 14 and the article stated that you had no intention of stopping. "You know what these things can do to you [Y/n], are you trying to die?" He asked. "I can't even bare the thought of having to lose you, and I read all these tweets and see all these photos of you smoking it makes me sick." He was now squeezing the bridge of his nose. You had no idea why he was getting so bent about this. "Louis I haven't smoked in a year, and not to mention this picture was taken before I even met you." You explained sliding the phone back at him. "So next time know your facts before you come to question me and stress yourself out." You then threw the pack of cigarettes back at him and walked away.
  • -jenni